The Unholy Trinity: CAIR – Bassem Khafagi – The Muslim Brotherhood | By: Alan Kornman
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has announced former CAIR Director Dr. Bassem Khafagi will be running for President of Egypt. Let’s explore why this mainstream news non-event is such an important element of U.S. policy, both foreign and domestic. According to school records, Khafagi earned a master’s degree in civil engineering in August 1988 at the University of Idaho. After working as a teaching assistant and taking postgraduate classes there, he enrolled at Michigan State University, earning a doctorate in civil engineering in 1993. He later lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., operating a business called International Media Group from his home, court documents showed; according to the documents, it was not clear what kind of business it was.The Seattle Times, March 14, 2003. On the surface it would appear that Bassem Khafagi embraced all the education and business opportunities American society could offer. Bassem Khafagi conversely, did all he could do to promote Islamic doctrine over our Constitution and Bill of Rights in both words and deeds. Khafagi found a welcome home at the Council on American Islamic Relations and rose to the position of Community Relations Director.
Dr. Bassem Khafagi
In a March 14, 2012 interview with Al-Hekma TV and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Bassem Khafagi was asked about his views on the United States.
Watch video clip here compliments of MEMRI: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3372.htm
Khafagi said, “…When I first went to America — like many Islamists who went there — I loved Islamic preaching there. I loved the place I lived in, but I never loved the US, the infidel country.”
I wrote in my article that the US constitutes a criminal element in this world. All my writings in recent years explain the unacceptable Western subjugation enterprise. I discussed the RAND report, which was read by most of the Muslim world’s elite. I was the first to write about this report and the first to translate it into Arabic. I was the first to expose the notion of “moderate Islam,” which is used as a means to canonize a “non-Islamic Islam.” I don’t know why they call it “moderation.” This “moderation” means violation [of the laws] of Islam. Khafagi, speaking to an arabic audience in Egypt is telling the world his heartfelt beliefs about America but also what he believes the Egyptian majority of people want to hear regarding the U.S. When Khafagi says, “…the US constitutes a criminal element in this world” it is most troubling on many different levels. Many would agree that Khafagi calling our country a “criminal element in this world” is seditious.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself a “civil rights group” promoting moderate Muslims in America. Curious minds would like to know if Khafagi held these anti-American views while earning advanced degrees in Idaho and working for CAIR in the USA? Why is CAIR silent about Khafagi’s seditious comments? Ex-CAIR Community Relations Director Bassem Khafagi answers honestly when he states, “When I first went to America – like many Islamists who went there – I loved Islamic preaching there. I loved the place I lived in, but I never loved the U.S., the infidel country. […]” Khafagi’s Haqq or truth spoken in Arabic, represents the exact opposite of CAIR’s public face. Was Bassem Khafagi living a lie while in the United States promoting what he knew to be a false interpretation of Islam admitted to by his own words? Khafagi’s rap sheet, as we will see later, proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Khafagi was leading a double life.
Khafagi’s friends at CAIR enabled and some would speculate encouraged his deception based on the number of CAIR officials who have been arrested, deported, and publicly made anti-American comments. MEMRI quotes from a July 23, 2004 Washington Post article, “According to the FBI, Khafagi was a founding member and former head of the IANA (Islamic Assembly of North America) Federal prosecutors said that the group’s objective was the “dissemination of radical Islamic ideology, the purpose of which was indoctrination, recruitment of members and the instigation of acts of violence and terrorism.” Federal investigators said the IANA has funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and has published material advocating suicide attacks on the United States. The IANA said it was formed to promote Islam. Sherell Johnson, the current CAIR Los Angeles Community Relations Manager job description looks like this, “Sherrel Johnson works on outreach and building bridges outside our community. Ms. Johnson also educates and empowers the American Muslim community through social activism, participation, & interaction. CAIR’s public relations security blanket is promoting the notion of “moderate Islam” In the role of CAIR’s Community Relations Director Khafagi promoted the idea of moderate Islam. However, in Egypt Khafagi says moderate Islam is a violation of Islamic Law or Shariah Islamiyya. It is impossible for both comments to be true.
Khafagi saying that “…moderate Islam is a violation of Islamic Law” and “…The United States constitutes a criminal element in this world” is explosive news because it contradicts most everything CAIR and Khafagi promote publicly. The key word here is publicly, Khafagi shines a harsh spotlight on what many Islamists say and do in front of English speaking audiences versus what is said in front of Arabic speaking audiences.
Khafagi illustrates peace and love when talking to English speakers and sedition when speaking to Arabic speaking audiences.
Egyptian Presidential candidate Bassem Khafagi is a man who has earned the respect of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt . Khafagi was also a man of action hear in the USA. It is unsettling that Bassem Khafagi’s criminal record in the United States qualified him in the eyes of The Muslim Brotherhood to represent their political views in Egypt. Khafagi was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges.
Bassem Khafagi, while on the CAIR payroll, pled guilty to making “false material statements on his nonimmigrant visa application on Nov. 8, 2000, in Kuwait City, Kuwait and (2) passing bad checks for thousands of dollars at two U.S. banks in early 2001. Khafagi faces up to a $250,000 fine on the visa fraud conviction and 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each of the two counts of bank fraud.”- Daniel Pipes.
Khafagi was sentenced to 10 months in prison and deported to Egypt. Khafagi’s criminal resume is troubling enough but in the same timeline two of CAIR’s staff members, Ismail Royer and Ghasan Elashi were convicted of mail fraud and terrorism charges: Another CAIR employee, Siraj Wahhaj, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombings.
The link between Bassem Khafagi, CAIR, and The Muslim Brotherhood is air tight, troubling, and should be of major concern to law enforcement officials in the United States. The Muslim Brotherhood has a political arm called the Freedom and Justice Party(FJP).
The FJP is a name you will be hearing much more about in the United States because is sounds so nice and patriotic. Despite the Freedom and Justice Parties nice sounding name they are the same Muslim Brotherhood that supports the anti-American views of
Bassem Khafagi. The Muslim Brotherhood Recent news reports are stating that Bassem Khafagi is out of the Egyptian presidential
race and multimillionaire Khairat El-Shater is the Muslim Brotherhoods new candidate in Cairo.
Much more, read it all at the Jihadi Research website.
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